Paraffin therapy is one of the most effective methods of applying deep heat to relieve pain and stiffness. The warm paraffin also moisturizes for healthier looking, softer skin.
How does a Paraffin Wax Bath Treatment Help?
Paraffin wax has a very high heat capacity. This means it is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. A paraffin wax spa takes advantage of paraffin’s heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. In technical terms, heat is transferred to the core of the affected area as paraffin goes through a phase change. As it melts, the paraffin becomes a liquid and is able to retain more heat. Then, when your foot is dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the paraffin that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes into a solid. The heat that is given off is called the heat of fusion.
The Soothing Effects of Heat Transfer
More simply, the heat that goes into melting the paraffin comes out when it solidifies into a comforting paraffin coating, thus transferring the heat into the affected limb. Another way to look at it is the paraffin is the medium that transfers heat from the Therabath to the painful area. At the same time, the heat from the paraffin opens pores and increases circulation in the skin. This is why paraffin is so beneficial to skin, leaving skin softened and more radiant.
Paraffin wax treatments are fast-acting, drug-free, and versatile, providing heat therapy for many different applications from:
- Relief of arthritis in your feet
- Dry cracked skin
- Improve overall blood flow and circulation to your feet
- Helpful for chronic skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis
Podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Clinic have vast experience in treating conditions that can be improved with Paraffin Wax treatment and we offer this service at all our clinics.
At the Foot and Ankle Clinic our highly qualified team of Podiatrists are all members of the Australian Podiatry Association and offer a combined 50 years’ experience.
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